80% blindness cases can be prevented if treated in time

On the occasion of World Sight Day, doctors encourage eye-donations

un-world-sight-dayOctober 13 is observed as World Sight Day as announced by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO). The aim is to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. The day is marked with various important advocacy and communications events on eye care.

The theme for this year was ‘Stronger Together’, with a call to various stakeholders to work together in reducing incidents of visual impairment and blindness.

Dr TP Lahane, dean of Sir JJ Group of Hospital, said, “One should donate eyes so that those who are visually-disabled can get to see the world.”

He also added that people should stop putting rose water in their eyes for curing any infection as it is a myth and will not heal the infection or impairment.

According to the WHO statistics, 285 million people suffer from low vision and blindness worldwide. Around 90 percent of these visual disorders are an outcome of chronic eye ailments. As per the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, if people receive proper eye care from the beginning, around 80 per cent of the eye impairment cases can be prevented.

Dr Harshvardhan Ghorpade, head of department, Fortis, Vashi, said, “Injuries, infections, diabetes and cataract are common reasons to lose eye sight. Even in slightest doubt one should visit doctor.”

Dr Ghorpade added that one should maintain healthy diet and has advised regular check-ups for healthy eyes, emphasising that those who wear contact lenses should always clean them.

Chronic eye ailments are the ones that stay for a long time or constantly recur